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this week? >> this was the first interview obama has done in a few weeks where he seemed back on hills game, he seemed confident, feisty. happy, the last few times we had seen him, he was at his press conference, apologizing about health care. he seemed to be enjoying it. >> was it about being in a room of reporters? ies matthews is a journalist. he's in a room of college students. >> he they were cheering for him. when he talked about health care, he said students could get coverage for contraceptives. it did not get a huge cheer. they were pleased by that. he definitely seemed better than he had seemed in a long time. >> he was telling you ability some of the qualities that are useful to be president. let's take a listen in the most important qualities of any president, i'm not necessarily saying i have these qualities, i'm speaking historically, i think it has to do with more than anything a sense of connection with the american people. that's what allows you then to have that sec qual, with i is persistence. >> how is it? he's looking at some of his predecessors saying maybe he feels th
meeting his uncle omar. then this week in the boston immigration court, omar obama testified not only had he met his nephew, but barack obama even lived with him for a short time. now the white house says there was no deception. they just couldn't find any evidence to support that the president had met his uncle. it's unclear exactly what evidence they were looking for, even though omar obama was mentioned in the president's book, the white house said there was no mention of them ever meeting. today, press secretary jay carney pinpointed the actual problem. listen to this. >> nobody had asked him in the past, and the president said he in fact had met omar obama when he moved to came bridge for law school and he stayed with him for a brief period of time until the president's apartment was ready. after that, they saw each other once every few month while he was at cambridge, and then they fell out of touch. >> in case you missed it, jay carney said the problem was nobody ever asked the president if he met his uncle. the white house said the president has not seen his uncle in more than 20
the white house. the white house said there was no record of the president meeting his uncle omar. this week omar obama testified not only had he met his nephew but barack obama even lived there. there is no support the president met his uncle. it is unclear what evidence they are they were looking for even though omar obama was mentioned in the book there was no mention of them ever meeting. today press secretary jay carney pinpointed the actual problem. >> the president said he had met omar obama and he stayed with him for a brief period of time until the president's apartment was ready after that they saw each other and after law school they gradually fell out of touch. >> the problem was nobody ever asked the president if he net p met his uncle. the white house says his president has not seen his president in more than 20-years. uncle omar was allowed to remain in this country because of his good moral character and the white house says they did not intervene at all in the immigration. >>> mark, they say nobody ever asked him. yet they started disseminating information from the newspape
and the former first lady laura bush will accompany president obama on air force one to attend nelson mandela's memorial services next week. bill clinton tells me he and his family also will be attending. george h.w. bush will not be making the trip due to his age and the long, long distance. our correspondents in south africa are also learning more about the upcoming historic events. cnn's robyn curnow is joining us from johannesburg and erin burnett is joining us from mandela's home in the town of soweto. it is early morning now, crowds have been out nonstop celebrating the life of nelson mandela. what's going on, how long do we expect this to last? >> reporter: well, it's almost 24 hours since this nation heard that nelson mandela had passed away. we are standing right outside the house where he died late thursday. people have been coming to this suburban street since then. you can hear them now singing behind me, and they have been chanting, praying, lamenting, celebrating in song throughout the day and they have been singing some very poignant songs. one particular over and over again, m
at the other obama care hearings that are scheduled up on capitol hill this week. house speaker john boehner says there are four, count them, four more obama care hearings scheduled for this week. >> we'll have coverage of course of all of those hearings. thanks very much, jim acosta. even with all the problems plaguing obama care, if they are eventually solved, there is still some research out there suggesting that having health insurance alone won't make americans healthier and in fact, in some cases, could do the opposite. let's bring in our chief medical correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta, who wrote a very provocative article on our website today, cnn.com. sanjay, you say the real question with obama care is will it make us healthier and you're a little skeptical. explain what's going on. >> well, first, i think that should be the goal overarching this. if you look back on this period in our history 100 years from now and people say did the actions at this time make america a healthier place. i don't think there's evidence of that. now, i will preface by saying i think insurance is a very i
: in recent days the uncle said barack obama stayed with him for three weeks in the 1980s. why the differing accounts? >> back when this arose, folks looked at the record including the president's book and there was no evidence that they had met. >> reporter: jay carney says it was when he asked the president in person that the president acknowledged he had stayed with his uncle. it could be simple semantics but the white house was first asked about the relationship a couple of years ago after the uncle had been arrested for drunk driving and it came to light that he was fighting deportation. that's given ammunition to republican critics. >> just goes back to this thing of the white house not being completely forthright with facts with the public. it's what's contributed to his trut worthiness numbers going way down. >> and political observers say something else could be lingering. >> i think it definitely does raise an interesting question about whether or not the white house is coming through with this idea that he has relatives that have trouble with dui or immigration problems or whateve
will be the impact of obama care on the 2014 elections, and even perhaps the 2016 presidential race? >>> plus, an historic week for pope francis with his first major statement, attacking what he calls, quote, the idolatry of money. what continues is a whirlwind change for the vatican. i'll go one on one with cardinal timothy dolan of new york. he is one of the leading cardinals in america. he talks about why the church has turned against obama care and why the church has been outmarketed on gay marriage. >>> nbc correspondent harry smith with the story of the survivor of the boston marathon bombing. he represents the true meaning of boston strong. i'm david gregory onand this is "meet the press" on sunday, december 1st. >>> good sunday morning. a big weekend for the future of president obama's landmark health care legislation, two months to the day since the troubled launch of heal healthcare.gov, they put out a report this morning saying they're making dramatic progress and the team is meeting with private sector velocity and effectiveness. that's how the website apparently is working. it al
't had much good to say about rome are embracing francis as a hero. president obama, this week, practically gushing over him and his message. >> i think pope francis is showing himself to be just an extraordinarily thoughtful and soulful messenger of peace and justice. i haven't had a chance to meet him yet, but everything that i've read, everything i've seen from him indicates the degree to which he is trying to remind us of those core obligations. >> and with president obama saying that, conservatives, catholic and noncatholic conservatives who came to see the catholic church as their political ally are having a hard time with it. >> but the pope here has now gone beyond catholicism here and this is pure political. this is just pure marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope. >> i thought the pope was in favor of the european social model, which is neo socialism, and which fails its own people. >> now, you know, i'm always looking for the historical angle. i can't help but think of lyndon johnson. he spent all those years, all those decades in congress and in the senate, goi
rain and snow. >>> prayer, reflection and celebration. ♪ >> a week of memorial events under way in south africa this morning to say good-bye to nelson mandela as president obama prepares to lead the u.s. delegation there. lester is live in soweto, south africa with the latest. >>> it's off. prince harry's race to the south pole canceled. that doesn't moon the royal is giving up on his mission to reach the bottom of the world today, sunday, december 8, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today" with lester holt live in soweto, south africa, and erica hill live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm erica hill alongside jenna wolfe and dylan dreyer. as we mentioned, lester holt is in soweto, south africa, where the official events to honor the life of nelson mandela are under way today. good morning, lester. >> reporter: good morning, erica. today was the official day of prayer and reflection. all that notwithstanding, it continues to be a day or a week of celebration of the life of nelson mandela. peopl
you see what onech t week. next, new evidence that the white house may have a truth problem. "the kelly file" investigates a major about-face in a story involving a member of president obama's own family. that's right after the break. don't misds this. >> the white house said in 2011, i believe, there was no record of them ever meeting. now the boston globe is being told by the white house -- and i assume you can elaborate. they lived together briefly when the president was in law school. how can you make that kind of mistake? [ male announcer ] research suggests cell health plays a key role throughout our lives. one a day men's 50+ is a complete multivitamin designed for men's health concerns as we age. with 7 antioxidants to support cell health. one a day men's 50+. to help secure retirements and protect financial futures. to help communities recover and rebuild. for companies going from garage to global. on the ground, in the air, even into space. we repaid every dollar america lent us. and gave america back a profit. we're here to keep our promises. to help you realize a bette
of people that could sign up this month? and what will be the impact of obama care on the 2014 elections, and even perhaps the 2016 presidential race? >>> plus, an historic week for pope francis with his first major statement, attacking what he calls, quote, the idolatry of money. what continues is a whirlwind change for the vatican. i'll go one on one with cardinal timothy dolan of new york. he is one of the leading cardinals in america. he talks about why the church has turned against obama care and why the church has been outmarketed on gay marriage. >>> nbc correspondent harry smith with the story of the survivor of the boston marathon bombing. he represents the true meaning of boston strong. i'm david gregory onand this is "meet the press" on sunday, december 1st. >>> good sunday morning. a big weekend for the future of president obama's landmark health care legislation, two months to the day since the troubled launch of heal healthcare.gov, they put out a report this morning saying they're making dramatic progress and the team is meeting with private sector velocity and effectivene
administration is launching a three-week push to remind americans about the benefits of obama care. can they change the conversation around the president's signature domestic achievement? and also this, a senior republican senator is calling out the white house and this is how. listen. >> i think the current administration has taken lying to a new level. >> let's talk about all of it with john avalon, cnn political analyst and executive editor of the daily beast. let's talk about john cornyn in just a second. i want to get your take on the new push by the white house. three weeks, every day they'll have a new message, coming from the white house or somewhere else, touting the benefits of the law. they did this leading up to the launch of the law. we know what happened. is this going to work? what are they going to accomplish? >> this is the obama care advent calendar. this morning, someone mailed one to burman and it's good. we'll stick with it. one of the fascinating facts about the signature law, it's been terribly explained from the get-go. it's been a communications failure and a lo
bones and spinal cord injuries. >>> now to washington. president obama will shift from damage control to sales pitch. it is part of the three-week effort to refocus the attention to positive aspects of the affordable care act. monday announced by the white house that 100,000 people signed up on the site. the trouble is not over. 37% of people under the age of 30 are familiar with the law. getting healthy young people to sign up for obama care is a key component of the law's success. though he's not under 30, president obama plans to buy health care through the online exchange. his policy will come with substantial out of pocket costs, because it will not be taxpayer-subsidi taxpayer-subsidized. >>> in the investigation into actor paul walker's death officials say there is no evidence that drag racing played any part in the accident. >> reporter: investigators are looking at every possibility at every possibility as they try to figure out what happened after paul walker got into the passenger seat of this porsche. a law enforcement source tells nbc rules it did not involve drag racing.
, janice. >>> the past couple of weeks we've brought you concerns, wide concerns about whether or not obama care is safe. will it be someplace you can leave your personal information knowing it's not going to be disseminated to other people. we've had a lot of concerns. the white house is responding consistently. that's paranoid talk. of course you can trust obama care. in the state of california you can't. the obama care exchanges have been passing out personal information to insurance companies which then market that information using that information, they market their services. >> these aren't even people that signed up. these are people that took a cursory glance, maybe filled out part of an application. >> they're getting phone calls from insurance companies saying, hey, we understand you're looking for insurance. how can we be of assistance. would you like to pay us? peter levy, covered california, listen to this quote, see if you are comforted by this. he's using comforting words. he said i can imagine some people may be upset, but i can see a lot of people will be comforted and rel
house efforts to lower expectations for obamacare's online relaunch. then, skepticism over last week's deal with iran that president obama is calling a victory for diplomacy. >> we cannot rule out
minute. president obama and the first lady plan to attend an memorial service in south africa next week in honor of nelson mandela. flags were lowered to half-staff in the u.s. and many countries around the world. the anti-apartd leader in south africa's first democratically elected president died yesterday at the age of 95. we take a live look at pictures coming out of johannesburg where people there are mourning his death and celebrating mandela's life at the same time. two of mandela's daughters learned of his death during a movie premier about him in london last night. they immediately left the theater and asked that the film continue. >>> a blast of winter weather moving across the country has knocked out power in texas to more than a quarter of a million homes and businesses. the storm stretches from south texas into northern new england and the canadian maritimes. the national weather service is issued storm and ice warnings for parts of eight states, up to two feet of snow has fallen in parts of minnesota and wisconsin. windchill temperatures in north dakota tumbled to near 40 b
a lot. three weeks might be enough time. >> some optimism. >> president obama's former advisor david pluth made a bold prediction about medicaid's expansion. >> it's a fact. it may take until 2017, almost every state in the country will run their own exchanges and expand medicaid. i think it the work well. >> is that right, states like kentucky, where they work great. mississippi next door has few sign ups and prices are different. in kentucky, they are lower than mississippi. with politics push other states to say we have to get on board and set up exchanges to help the constituents, whether they'll demand it. >> i don't think a state or govern nor listens to david pluth. he's good at the politics. he's saying states like kentucky, where a governor says we'll have a state-based exchange not just through the federal and we have success, it will make it difficult for some states where some said, "no, we are not going to be part of a state-based exchange, we'll stay on the federal. as soon as you have your constituents and residents and state doing that, it will be give for you to say,
, noelle, thank you. >>> after a week of promoting improvements to the health care website, today president obama turns his attention abroad. at the forum on middle east policy in washington, d.c. the president outlined the administration's plan to curb iran's nuclear program. he just wrapped up his comments a few minutes ago. >> ultimately my goal as president of the united states, something that i've said publicly and privately and shared everywhere i've gone, is to prevent iran from getting a nuclear weapon. but what i've also said is the best way for us to prevent iran from getting a nuclear weapon is for a comprehensive, verifiable diplomatic resolution. if at the end of six months it turns out that we can't make a deal, we're no worse off and in fact we have greater leverage with the international community to continue to apply sanctions and even strengthen them. >> we get more now from nbc white house correspondent kristen welker. kristen, this interim deal with iran really seemed to dominate the conversation today. what stood out to you? >> reporter: well, craig, i thought one of th
times and decreased error rates. but the obama administration has downplayed expectations in the past week saying the man could actually outweigh capacity, and today's report indicates there is still more work to be done. the real test lies ahead when millions of uninsured americans could try to enroll by an initial december 23rd deadline. we have mike rogers of michigan. he also sits on the on us and commerce committee over the jurisdiction of health and human services. welcome to both of you and welcome to "meet the press "snoochlt. >> just your reaction to this report. dramatic progress, private sector-like velocity. the promise was for the website to be fully functioning by now. are you satisfied? >> overstated. have they made some progress and they brought in some folks to try to bring the functionality up. it still doesn't function right. their own cio said he believed that if they had the ability to get up to 80% functionality, that would be a good day for them. so, a, the functionality is right. here's a part of this discussion that nobody talks about. the security of this sit
messaging. the obamas have been on every channel. the idea that there has to be three more weeks, i want my christmas story back. >> i'm going to leave it there. i appreciate you having a good sense of humor today. mark, bernard, heavy christmas and happy holidays. >> fer rill pigs, the solution could be an attack of drones and pork is on the menu. two police officers suspended for cursing at a bus full of routy kids. who was right and who was wrong? >> and did the funissment fit? tweet me. and e-mail us as well at the real story at fox news.com. life could be hectic. as a working mom of two young boys angie's list saves me a lot of time. after reading all the reviews i know i'm making the right choice. online or on the phone, we help you hire right the first time. with honest reviews on over 720 local services. keeping up with these two is more than a full time job, and i don't have time for unreliable companies. angie's list definitely saves me time and money. for over 18 years we've helped people take care of the things that matter most. join today. >>> welcome back everyone. heavy snow
w. bush and bill clinton will join president obama at a memorial for nelson mandela next week as south africa mourns its former president's death. crowds outside his johannesburg home are singing their tributes. ♪ hundreds of people of all ages and colors are leaving candles, flowers, stuffed animals and balloons at the home of the civil rights icon. nelson mandela died thursday. he was 95 years old. when you talk about civil rights icons, the conversation ultimately turns to dr. martin luther king jr. well, dr. king never met nelson mandela. he did keep close tabs on the fight for equality in south africa. martin luther king iii said his constant fight for equality personified what me and my father often said, "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." martin luther king iii joining me now. i'm quoting your dad. this is bringing so many people of all walks to reflect ton a giant man's life and the market that he left. >> yes, it is. he personified more than anything else and taught us the power of forgiveness. love and forgiveness was the essence of nelson mand
and close allies to hold senior level people accountable for the botched rollout of president obama's plan. now, part of the thing that i find most intriguing over the last couple weeks is how quiet democrats have been from harry reid on down and outside senator manchin, no one is saying a word. we heard they were waiting 'til december 1. now we understand maybe get a clue of what's happening behind the scenes, pressure is mounting for the president to fix it and make somebody responsible for it because if you go out and try to getected, knowing this is on your resume, this is a vote that you supported, you have to at least pretend as if you're trying to fix it. you could say hey, i've put pressure on the president to restructure and change his management style. >> extraordinarily -- and the president's top advisors through the years have been very loyal. extraordinarily yesterday, bill burton told megyn kelly, and he was a communications guy for the president for a very long time -- said you know what? forget about anybody else. this has one person to blame and that person is -- here it i
have to pay today. >>> president obama is getting back on the offensive telling americans that healthcare.gov is working better than ever. he is launching a three week campaign saying the website is vastly improved and that oeb care is here to stay. that reassurance comes as the president is under renewed pressure to hold people accountable for the botched rollout. >> do not let the initial problems with the website discourage you. because it's working better now and it's going to just keep on working better over time. every day i check to make sure that it is working better. >> he's been logging in. >> a treasury department watchdog is noted potential problems come tax season. the inspector general for tax administration says existing irs systems do not have the capability to detect fraud when it comes to the subsidies to help people buy insurance in the form of tax credits. the administration officials say the irs aggressively safeguards the systems to combat any fraud and as the affordable care act is no exception. >>> the result of paul walker's autopsy are expected to
, the maximum unenemployment benefit goes from 73 weeks, to a maximum of 26 weeks. house speaker john boehner says president obama has proposal to extend those benefits. back to you. adam: rich edson, thank you very much. >> factory workers and labor organizers. raising, to raise a federal minimum wage. >> few moments ago the demonstrators lift the scene. look at video. reported just a short time ago. at one point, things got very tense. some demonstrators tried to force their way into the restaurant. restaurant hired a security guard. and apparent the demonstrators decided to give up and hold their rally outside. throughout the morning, the restaurant was conducting business as usual. many critics have argued, overwhelming majority of demonstrators have rallies here and across the country are not fast-food workers, really special interest groups and union members. demonstrator of working family party, said the fast-food worker turn out is not the issue. >> there are 50,000 fast-food workers and millions of people supporting them. so, it is not unreasonable for there to be more, lots of peopl
a reality as he had hoped. martha: so meanwhile, in this week a new poll shows president obama is losing support among millennials, 18-29-year-olds. 41% say they approve of the job he is doing, 54% disapprove. tucker carlson is co-host of fox and friends on the weekend, and chris stirewalt is fox news digital politics editor. wow, great panel. good morning, guys, good to have you with us. you guys have a lot of titles. [laughter] tucker, let me start with you. i thought this or harvard study was fascinating, you know, because this is a group that has always loved the president, gave him tremendous support in both of his elections, and now they seem to be changing their mind a bit. >> well, love is the word. i mean, i think the emotional connection has been powerful, not clear how deeply grounded it was in understanding what policies might turn out to be. the truth is that obamacare only works ifo= it. i mean, this is the payoff to insurance companies that guaranteed their support for the law three years ago which is lots of new customers, hell the people -- healthy sending their money.
injuries. >>> with the enrollment deadline three weeks away president obama is launching a new push to get americans to sign up for affordable care health coverage. the improved obama care was website was able to handle at least 750,000 visitors monday although they did not say how many actually signed up. >>> there's been another alarming shark attack off of hawaii's coast. a man bitten monday while fishing died from his injuries. mara has more. >> officials say a shark attacked a man on a small island off of the southwest coast of maui. a popular spot for diving and snorkeling. they identified the victim as a 57-year-old from washington. he was kayaking with a friend when he began screaming for help. his friend paddled toward him and found his bleeding severely from his right leg. his friend tried to put a tourniquet on him and reach a boat but he died upon reaching the shore. >>> this is the 8th attack near maui this year. the 13th statewide. prompting a major study of shark behavior in the region. the area where the latest attack took place remains closed this morning. >> we're closing
to reverse weeks of bad publicity about the federal healthcare website barack obama urged americans to ignore the critics saying they are rooting for the affordable care act to fail. >> i said i would work with anybody to implement and improve the law effectively. if you've got good ideas, bring them to me. let's go. but we are not repealing it as long as i'm president. >> the president's speech kicked off the administration's 3-week campaign, the sign off deadline for coverage at the start of next year is december 23rdrd. >> wendell potter joins us, an analyst from the public integrity book. and the author of a book. he joins us from philadelphia. good morning to you. that is a great place to start. at what you point. at this point what does everyone need to know about obamacare. >> it's here, it's been on the books for 3.5 years. it does a lot of good for a lot of people. there has been a lot of conflicting information. it will affect every one of us. we need to over the coming weeks figure out how it will affect us and our families. >> the president made a push to get young adults to sign
of their country. we will also tell you the specific plans now that we know about president obama's visit along with some other u.s. presidents here to south africa later this week as we report from soweto. >> lester, looking forward to that. we will get back to you shortly. >>> we want to get to today's top story in the u.s., another round of both powerful winter storms creating treacherous conditions at this point from california all the way to new england. the weather channel's mike seidel is in a very chilly leesburg, virginia, this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. as we await the first wintery weather west of washington, dallas is encased in ice. the west coast got slammed by a second storm on saturday. in barts of north dakota and montana, temperatures have stayed below zero since thursday. no break in the wintery blast as a new storm moved into california. heavy snow in the mountains made the roads unsafe. >> it's slippery and dangerous. you try to change lanes and you're going sideways. >> reporter: icy conditions saturday went as far south as los angeles county, puttin
of sanctions this week despite repeated protestations from the white house that doing so would scuttle the deal with iran. on saturday president obama said fresh sanctions might make sense if long-term deal falls through but not before that. if at the end of six months we can't make a deal, we're no worse off. in fact, we have greater leverage with the international community to continue to apply sanctions and strengthen them. >> over in iran, president rouhani harolding the deal telling parliament the expectation of sanctions relief had already boosted his country's economy. the $7 billion in relief amounts to less than one month of iranian oil production and 7% of the $100 billion in frozen iranian assets that remain overseas. still any respite is welcome in an economy with 12% unemployment and 40% inflation. on sunday for the first time inspectors from the u.n.'s nuclear watchdog toured the heavy water reactor at iraq. a sign that while there's plenty of scepticism some progress was already under way. robert, the president towed a careful line here. i thought his remarks were interesting. it
troubles. after weeks of huge antigovernment protests across thailand the prime minister dissolves parliament and calls for new elections. [chanting] a day of prayer in south africa for nelson mandela and leaders including president obama and three former u.s. presidents expected to attend tuesday's memorial service for the late south african president. >> and a crime was never committed and we stood by that. >> reporter: the san antonio four speaking out, released after 16 years behind bars for a crime they have always maintained they did not commit. ♪ the deep freeze is on, wintry weather and cold temperatures reach the east coast. the weather is disrupting travel nationwide and made some sunday nfl games almost impossible to see. good morning and welcome to al jazeera america, i'm stephanie sy and the storm caused car pile ups in several states and accidents on the pennsylvania turnpike sunday involved almost 60 video as and this shows the long line of cars that came to a halt in morgan town, pennsylvania and we are tracking the storm. what is the latest? >> all of that snow
. >> reporter: good morning, carol. this is a push that president obama is beginning today and is going to take place over the next few weeks. he will be trying to focus not on the website, which still has some issues, although it's doing better, but focus instead on his signature health care program. and then what we're going to see, starting tomorrow, is an emphasis each day on what the white house feels are some of the best selling points, consumer selling points for this program. tomorrow, for instance, is going to be preventive care. thursday, they will focus on pre-existing conditions that insurance companies now must cover folks for. still, of course, there are some problems with the website. the administration had said that they expected the capacity to be at 50,000 yesterday. 50,000 users could use it at the same time. turns out it really topped out somewhere between 30,000 and 40,000. some of those problems still being acknowledged by the white house. here is what jay carney said. >> i think that we're not done with the work that needs to be done on that website, but we have, i think,
on and a lot of people in america aren't. obama's opinion ratings fell 14% in the three or four weeks after the nsa revelations. -it is a big issue. >> that has to be part of it. i'm sure chris will be talking about that. that's 7:00 tonight. make sure you watch at 7:00 with the president of the united states. should be great. if it's way too early, what time is it? >> ordinarily it's time for morning joe, but right now it's time for "the daily rundown" after a short break and chuck today has paul mccartney. >> seriously? >> [ lane ] do you ever feel like you're growing old waiting for your wrinkle cream to work? clinically proven neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair. it targets fine lines and wrinkles with the fastest retinol formula available. you'll see younger looking skin in just one week. one week? that's just my speed. rapid wrinkle repair. and for dark spots rapid tone repair. from neutrogena®. [kevin] paul and i have been r[paul] well...forever. [kevin] he's the one person who loves pizza more than i do. [paul] we're obsessed. [kevin] we decided to make our obsession our livelihood.
. i'm mark mark kelly in for frank. >> i'm michelle griego time is 6:33. president obama and three of his predecessors are heading to south africa to attend tomorrow's memorial for nelson mandela. kpix 5's cate cauguiran joins us now from the news room with more on the week of events in honor of the civil rights legend. >> more than 50 heads of state will be in attendance making it one of the largest gatherings of world leaders in recent history. south african police officers are tasked with ensuring it is a secure memorial. 11,000 soldiers have been deployed around the country to protect those mourners. about 80,000 people are expected to attend and the head of south africa's national defense force says the country is prepared for the challenge of keeping so many dignitaries, safe. the week long events honoring the anti-apartheid leader kicked off yesterday with the national day of prayer. at one ceremony, mandela was remembered by the man who succeeded him as south africa's president. >> what he and his generation were able to do, to memorialize millions of our people to engage i
barack obama and most of the living former u.s. presidents will attend mandela's memorial and funeral services this week. it is expected to be one of the largest global gatherings in recent history. this is south africa fulfilling mandela's dream of one common identity that cuts across race and creed. >> i just hope that the young people of today can continue with his legacy. i hope to go forward. >> reporter: as you heard, south africa is gearing up to receive world leaders, sports stars, hollywood's finest. at the end of the day, it is the people of south africa who are defining in unprecedented mourning period in south africa. charlie and norah. >> deborah, thank you. this morning the biggest tech companies in the world are joining together and demanding limits in the surveillance of web users. the group includes google facebook and microsoft running full page newspaper including a note to president barack obama and open congress. it's signed by eight companies. tech firms want world governments to limit spying online and make surveyillance programs transpar
. presidents barack obama, george w. bush, and bill clinton will attend some of the services scheduled for this week. we don't have the exact time line or schedule, but they plan to be here. we will have much more from here but i know you're tracking breaking news in the state, erica. back to you. >> thank you, lester. >>> today's top story. the american veteran merrill newman will be home are his family in california in a matter of house. he has been held prison in north korea for weeks. late last night he was relieved and quickly began that trip home. ian williams is tracking the developments for us this morning from beijing. ian, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. merrill newman is now a free man after north korea deported him on the first available fleight out of pyongyang. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance the dprk government has gave me to be on my way. >> reporter: he also said that he was particularly grateful to the north koreans for releasing him and he was looking forward to seeing his wife. the north koreans said they leaved him
15 employee portal goes live. six weeks later than first promise. debbie chief information officer replied can we sign this with blood? the contract replied whose? the exchange will now be ready next november. the subcommittee chairman says as president obama embarks on his latest pr push to salvage signature legislation, where find more evidence administration was painfully aware the work would not be complete by october 1. we have just issued a response to all of this. officials say these e-mails are simply between a small group of workers, not those who eventually decide to delay the exchange. officials made the final decision in mid-september. back to you. cheryl: we will see what the white house has to say about this latest scandal. dennis, over to you. dennis: republican from new jersey here with me on that, can you tell us what was your take on what you just heard the obama administration laid back in august to not pay anything for months. >> not surprising to me and the american public. the majority of americans right now do not have faith or trust in this administration. m
want to turn now to south africa. a week of events celebrating the life of nelson mandela getting underway now. president obama and the first lady are heading there this morning to attend a memorial service tomorrow. they'll be joined by jimmy carter, bill clinton, and george w. bush. nbc's lester holt is in soweto with more on this. lester, good morning to you. >> reporter: matt, good morning. what an emotional few days it's been. we're outside the mandela house. it's the house he came home to after his release from prison in 1990. a lot of folks will be lining up tonight for the privilege to be at the stadium and at the memorial service but like the 50 or 60 some odd world leaders coming, none of them were invited. this is going to be an event on a scale rarely seen in any country and it shows how beloved and respected nelson mandela was across this planet. this morning they are hard at work preparing johannesburg's 90,000 seat fnb stadium for tomorrow's public memorial. a potential security and logistics nightmare as scores of world leaders and luminaries ranging from heads of
high too. you know, the glitches on the obama care website, that's just -- that is the very first. but there's back end glitches too. >>> other washington stories this morning. this is the final week of 2013 where both houses of congress are scheduled to be in session at the same time. optimism for a budget deal. house and senate negotiators are reportedly putting the finishing touches on a compromise. to reduce the debt, to close tax loopholes to do anything to reform entitlement programs. but there are some people who think combined with the good jobs number, if they just do something that lasts a couple of years where the government doesn't get shut down, we could be off to the races. >> if you have a few years where you don't have to come to -- >> our guest this morning is larry it says here. larry. it just says larry. you know what, i was going to start by saying -- no, larry legend. larry -- did larry byrd -- were you already larry legend then? >> we grew together. >> you grew together. it was co-legends at the same time. >> yeah. >> excellent. and the first thing you need w
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